While not a terrible follow-up to the painfully decent Fallen, this album sometimes comes a bit too close on being downright atrocious. Ben Moody's guitar work on Evanescence' debut release was what made the material a little easy to stomach; there's no sign of him anywhere on The Open Door, which leads to songs that aren't "Call Me When You're Sober" or "Lithium" mostly forgettable and bombastic for some of the wrong reasons. Amy Lee is all over this recording, and whilst still having a heavenly voice, she's totally inept as a songwriter. Personally speaking, I don't see the appeal in that woman... There are much more talented frontwomen out there in the world, to be honest.
Not bad,not bad at all.I'm very much into lady-fronted rock bands,and Evanescence lies somewhere in the middle of the scale of lady-fronted rock greatness (in my opinion the top of the scale features Nightwish and Lacuna Coil,whereas the bottom-feeder is Paramore).
Very average, nothing special about this album. It doesn't nearly stand out like Fallen did which I loved.
I think Amy lee is quite overrated and while she is a great vocalist she didn't showcase it as well with the open door and most of the tracks like I said are much less memorable. Even the first single "call me when your sober" gets tired fast